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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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This short-term study opportunity is offered biannually by MSU faculty. Students have the option to take a topics course in the German program taught by Dr. Nadja Krämer or in the Political Science program taught by Dr. Kevin Parsneau. Students register for their focus course in the German or Political Science program. Students prepare for the first two months of the semester in a 3-credit course GER 443 Topics in German Studies or POLS 201/410/510 Topics: Study Tour on the MSU campus in Mankato. Both groups are also co-taught during some class sessions and then both groups visit Vienna - Nuremberg - Berlin together during spring break 28 February - March 11, 2018. All courses are taught in English. There is no pre-requsite regarding German language skills. The courses offer also the opportunity to prepare and get comfortable with international travel. All majors are welcome. GER 443 counts towards a German major and minor as well. Honors Students are especially encouraged to apply. Special Contracting options are available that will strengthen global citizenship and research competencies.

Germany/Austria 2018 Study Tour: Vienna - Nuremberg - Berlin

In the spring semester 2018, GER 443 Topics in German Studies meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45pm  prior to the trip. The course will look at “the city” as geographic and cultural space, in which urban experiences are reflected in art, film, literature and architecture as well as culture and customs of Germany. Students understand how historical and cultural memory is expressed through the urban landscape and leads to political action.Students learn on how to "read" the city and its meanings. For a general understanding of the course's learning outcomes, see powerpoint below.

In the spring semester 2018, POLS 201/410/410 Topics: Study Tour meets also Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-4:45pm prior to the trip. The course(s) will look at a broad sweep of Germanic history and question of political identity. Learn about political development, government, and culture in Germany and Austria.

Information meetings regarding the spring semester study tour 2018 are held throughout the fall semester 2017: Monday, September 25, 2017 from 2:00-2:50pm in AH 213, Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 11:00am-11:50am in AH 215 and Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 5:00-5:50pmin AH 214.  The total cost of the tour 2018 is $2,900.00, however costs may vary based one exchange rates and number of participants - about $200 less if there are 20+ participants). A deposit of $515.00 is due at the end of the fall semester on Monday, 27 November 2017.  Financial aid may apply. For more information regarding the general itinerary please view the 2018 brochure.

Please visit us also at our information table during the Study Abroad Fair hosted by the International Center. The fair is held on Wednesday, 13 September 2017 from 10:00am-1:00pm in the CSU/MavAve.  Please note also announcements and posters on campus and in  German and Political Science courses.


Department of World Languages and Cultures
Dr. Nadja Krämer
AH 218C
Department of Government
Dr. Kevin Parsneau
204B Morris Hall